EATONTOWN: The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority's (FMERA) attempt to sell one of the largest pieces of property at the former fort has been unsuccessful.
Eatontown Mayor Dennis Connelly reported at the Feb. 10 Eatontown Council meeting that sole offer FMERA received for the Suneagles Golf Course, which is located along Tinton Avenue and Hope Road in Eatontown, was rejected because it was "not in full compliance with the RFOTP (request for offers purchase)." He did not specifically state why it was not in un full compliance with the RFOTP.
While Suneagles is envisioned to remain a golf course under the Fort Monmouth Reuse Plan, the 10 acres at the center of the property, known as Megill Housing area, are zoned for a 150-room hotel conference center. The 21 buildings that make up Megill Housing area will be demolished by the future developer.
Connelly said the conference center concept could be the problem with attracting developers.
"They (FMERA) are going to need to go over what the borough's desires are with that property," Connelly said.
The RFOTP stated commercial uses other than hospitality for the Megill Housing area would also be accepted as long as the developer plans on maintaining the golf course.
Suneagles Golf Course, which is located on Tinton Avenue and is currently being operated by Atlantic Golf Management, which is responsible for making any necessary improvements to the 171-acre golf course, leasing new golf carts and operating Gibbs Hall and the 19th Hole Sports Bar on the property, which are also part of the RFOTP.
FMERA set a minimum bid for the property of $6,287,500 when the RFOTP went out in mid-October.